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Join us to understand why women have a lower employment rate (69%) compared to men (81%) after leaving the Armed Forces.

Hear from business leaders, employment experts and inspirational women who have successfully transitioned from military to civilian employment. Understand what employers like Jacobs, Balfour Beatty, JP Morgan, Braze, MOD Abbey Wood and the London Business School are looking for from future employees and why they’re recruiting from the ex-military and spouse talent pools.

A series of keynote presentations and panel discussions will discuss the key issues facing women as they seek to swap military life for civilian employment tackling:

  • The struggle to describe skills and experiences in a way that employers understand
  • Holding back from applying for roles if they do not 100% fit the criteria and a lack of confidence
  • Family commitments
  • Unsure where they best fit in industry

National employers will showcase their current opportunities and provide personal recruitment and job application advice. Employers already confirmed to speak are: KPMG, tRIIo, NHS, PA Consulting, Focus7, Montessori Group, Recruit for Spouses & tech company, Sheperd.

This is your chance to build your online network of supportive employers, contacts and industry champions: enabling you to find a sustainable and fulfilling next role.

5 Reasons to attend:

  • Gain practical, useable advice on finding & securing your next role
  • Develop a better understanding of civilian employers and what they're looking for from new hires
  • Realise the potential of online networking
  • Be inspired and motivated to take your next step
  • And understand where 'my best fit' is within the civilian jobs market

Sponsored by Jacobs, Balfour Beatty, JP Morgan, Braze, MOD Abbey Wood & London Business School

Supported by KPMG, tRllo, NHS, PA Consulting, Focus7, Montessori Group, Recruit for Spouses & Sheperd

Our Programme

9:50 - 10:00 Dial-in
10:00 - 10:05 OA Welcome: Laura Blair, Director of Employment
10:05 - 10:10 Headline Sponsor Welcome: Jacobs
10:10 - 10:25 Keynote Welcome
10:25 - 10:45 Research: Dr Emma Parry, Cranfield School of Management
10:45 - 11:30 Transition Panel with female veterans from tRIIO, NHS, Sheperd, PA Consulting & KPMG
11:30 - 11:40 Short Break
11:40 - 12:05 Keynote Speaker: Pavita Cooper, Founder of More Difference
12:05 - 12:30 Opportunities with Jacobs
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:15 Employer Panel with JP Morgan, Balfour Beatty, Braze & KPMG, plus more to be announced
14:15 - 14:30 Support for Military Spouses: Helen Kendrick, CEO of Recruit for Spouses
14:30 - 14:45 Further Education Opportunities: London Business School
14:45 - 15:00 Short Break
15:00 - 15:45 Executive Insights Panel:
Leona Barr-Jones, COO of Focus7 & IOD Director of the Year
Sarah Morris, Group Chief People Officer of Compass Group
Leonor Stjepic, CEO of Montessori Group
15:45 - 16:00 Final Questions & Closing Remarks


Our Speakers

Pavita Cooper, More Difference:
Pavita is the founder of More Difference and works with Boards and Executive teams to build culture and inclusion across their organisations. Pavita is recognised as a leading culture and diversity expert; she has over 30 years’ experience as an executive talent leader across a range of multi-sector global blue-chip organisations, including Shell, Barclays, and Lloyds Banking Group.

A regular speaker on women in business, Pavita mentors young people from ethnically diverse and socially disadvantaged backgrounds and regularly speaks at inner-city schools across the country through Speakers for Schools. She was awarded Woman of the Year at the Asian Business Awards in 2017.

Laura Blair, Officers' Association:
Laura, Director of Employment at the OA, is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served for 12 years in various roles including Head of Recruitment Operations and Head of HR Strategy & Operations. Since leaving the Army as a Major in 2012, Laura continued to contribute to the military community as COO for The Forces Employment Charity. She has a passion for education and development, operating as Head of Client Management for global learning brand Maynard Leigh. She is also a qualified teacher, becoming Director of Learning and Assistant Principal at Coopers School Chislehurst.

Laura's varied career in the military, education and third sector gives her a unique perspective on the challenges facing fellow officers as they transition from military to civilian employment.

Leonor Stjepic, Montessori Group:
Leonor is an award-winning social entrepreneur, CEO and mentor. She has spent a third of her professional life in the private sector and two thirds working with NGOs. However, she has been involved in the not-for-profit sector for much longer. At the age of 18 she co-founded the Amnesty International Working Group for Children, both campaigning for children who were victims of torture or imprisoned and successfully lobbying Amnesty to make it part of their mandate.

Leonor took up her fourth CEO role as Chief Executive of the Montessori Group in June 2018. Leonor is also a firm believer in mentoring, she is a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation and mentors a number of young women at different stages of their careers. Leonor has personally won a number of awards including Female CEO of the Year, Acquisition International 2017.

Sarah Morris, Compas Group plc:
Sarah is Chief People Officer of the world's leading foodservice company, Compass Group plc, who provide food and support services across 45 countries and five market sectors. A key member of the Compass Group Executive Committee, Sarah is responsible for the global strategic leadership of the People functions, internal and external communications and corporate affairs. Passionate about diversity and inclusion, she has been recognised as a role model and advocate for increasing diversity in the workplace.

An experienced leader with a track record for driving growth and change, Sarah has worked in a range of industries, countries and cultures. She is an active member of the Global Steering Committee of the 30% Club, a Trustee at The Eve Appeal, member of HRH Countess of Wessex gender board and a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Georgia Harrison, Braze:
Georgia is Senior Director, Customer Success EMEA, and leads a team of over 25 Customer Success Managers at Braze. As someone who started managing in the past three years, Georgia has often found herself leaning on her fiancé - an officer in the Gurkhas - for advice and has seen first-hand the benefit of recruiting from the military as she partners with ex-military colleagues directly at Braze.

A passionate advocate for Women in Customer Success, Georgia enjoys any opportunity to participate in initiatives that share learnings, sponsor, and encourage women to take their seat at any table that ignites passion for them.

Hannah Yates, KPMG:
Hannah spent almost eight years in the Royal Engineers, leaving in 2015 as a Squadron 2IC having spent time in the UK, Canada, Afghanistan, Kenya and the United States. Hannah joined KPMG’s Military Leavers’ Programme and has held roles in programme management, resourcing, and operations. She is the lead for the Military Leavers’ Programme and Vice Chair of the Forces in the Firm military network.

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